Happy Friday, friends!
I’m not sure about you, but my life has been super hectic lately. With school starting, I’m pretty sure all of us have those days where “time just gets away.” We’ve all been there, so I decided to share my tips for time management. Organizing your time is so important, especially during times when you’re particularly busy. If it weren’t for my planner, I would be ten times more stressed than I already am. So, here are my tricks for getting the most out of your time:
- Use an agenda: Physically writing down your tasks will help you budget time for each item. You can write down important dates, lists, and homework assignments to ensure that you don’t forget. This tip is probably the most important of them all- and if you don’t yet have a planner book, you’re in luck, because there are many on the market right now for back-to-school.
- Color code: This trick might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I like to assign colors to each type of task I need to do. I use colored pens and highlighters to indicate tests, due dates, extracurriculars, etc. The colors help bring out the most important items on my cluttered calendar. For example, if I’m looking to start studying for a test, I scan my planner for the color pink.
- Prioritize tasks: Make a shortened list of to-do’s daily: whatever needs to be done the soonest should be at the top. When you finish your daily tasks, you can move on to longer projects.
- Make lists for each part of the day/week: If you’re feeling super stressed, take it day by day; if that doesn’t work, take it hour by hour. You can make even shorter to-do lists just for the morning, afternoon, or evening- so, if this morning you need to study, run errands, and go to class, make a list with just these three tasks and block out time for each.
- Always budget more time than you need: Assume that each task will take longer than you expect so that you’re not pressed for time. Give yourself an extra few minutes in case something goes wrong or takes longer than expected. Don’t wait until the last minute!
- Plan time to relax: If you wait until your to-do list is empty to relax, guess what…you’ll never get to relax. Accept the fact that there will always be items to tick off your list, and pencil in time to do something calming during your day.
- Don’t overbook/double-book/triple-book: Learn to say no! Sometimes, you’ll be asked to be in more than one place at once, and unfortunately, that’s not possible! There will be times when you have to choose one activity over another…that’s life. Overbooking yourself will make you way more stressed.
- Do small tasks first: If there is something that can be done in less than ten minutes, do this task first. For example, throwing in a load of laundry, having a form signed for school, or checking your bank account. Having these small chores out of the way will allow you to focus on your larger tasks.
- Take breaks: In order to increase your focus and productivity, take frequent breaks to allow your mind to re-energize. Staring at your computer for hours on end is not a good use of your time.
- Use weekly and monthly calendars: In addition to my weekly pages in my planner, I like to use monthly calendars to mark important dates for events, birthdays, etc.
I hope this post was helpful! Sometimes, we need to take a step back and organize our time to avoid stress. Let me know if you have any tips for time management in the comments. 🙂
Thanks for reading! Cheers to the weekend!
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